The Ministry of Education (MOE) reported that 198 or 98% of the 202 senior students enrolled this year had graduated. In the photo are graduates from the Palau High School during their graduation day held on May 23. (Contributed Photo)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) noted that graduation rate of senior high school this year remains to be ‘very high’ despite the slight decrease in the general student enrollment trend.

Chief of School Management Raynold Mechol told Island Times that out of the 202 senior students enrolled this year, 198 or 98% were able to graduate. Although this is one percent lower compared to the graduation rate last year which was recorded at 206 graduates or 99% of 208 total students enrolled, Mechol said that this only implies that there is a slight decrease in the enrollment of senior high school students.

“The graduation rate at senior year remains very high, meaning that once a student successfully completes the first three years of high school, the likelihood of graduating after the senior year is almost certain,” Mechol said.

Mechol said that to help graduates prepare for their college education, counseling programs were also conducted throughout the school year with the assistance of the Palau Community College (PCC). There were also college preparation sessions for both the students and their parents to help them with their applications for colleges and universities including available United States financial aid.

Mechol added that financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans are also available for students through the Palau National Scholarship Board (PNSB). There are also scholarship opportunities offered by foreign governments and organizations to Palauan students.

“With increasing opportunities and financial assistance available for students for pursuing higher degrees, it is highly encouraged that all graduating students continue to enroll in colleges and universities. Palau needs a highly trained local workforce for developing its economy and for nation building,” Mechol said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)